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Relatives insist that baby needs breastfed twenty minuets on each side each time he's fed. It doesn't seem right to me. Shouldn't he feed until he's satisfied? What should I say?
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estreyas:I was reading about this last night, since we have no LLL or lactation consultant around, and I'm doing my reading-up early... if your milk has started to come in, by switching before the baby has finished one, the baby won't get the nice fatty hind milk. Do what your LO wants - if it's finish off one, then do a second later, just alternate.
Sorry, I was lurking but I had to jump in here (pre-baby lurk, :D). I agree 100% with this. I had trouble nursing my first because she would nurse for 45minutes on one breast, and then still want the other. My Doctor told me 10 minutes per side should do it, and after that "she's just messing around." (Turns out it was just early cluster feeding.)
After struggling with THE WORST colic and gas (she screamed - and I mean screamed - from the time she woke up in the morning until she went to sleep at night), we made the decision to formula feed. I was later told by a nurse to offer one breast, let baby nurse that breast until it lets go on its own, then if baby still acts hungry, offer the second. If baby isn't hungry after breast 1, you're done for that feeding. Start with breast #2 on the next go round.
The longer baby nurses one breast, the more fatty hind milk it gets. If your baby gets all the skim milk, it makes them REALLY, REALLY gassy. It is horrific when they're that gassy, trust me. Horrific. Let baby nurse as long as it needs to, even if it takes forever!
So I just had to comment on this post. I had such a terrible experience that I just couldn't not say something that could help someone else. Sorry for jumping in without introducing myself!